|Released|| February 26, 2011 |
March 25, 2011
March 27, 2011
March 31, 2011
|Predecessor|| Nintendo DSi|
The Nintendo 3DS went on sale in North America on March 27, 2011. It is capable of projecting stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses or additional accessories. The console succeeds the Nintendo DS, featuring backward compatibility with older Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi video games. The handheld offers new features such as the StreetPass and SpotPass tag modes, powered by Nintendo Network; augmented reality, using its 3D cameras; and Virtual Console, which allows owners to download and play games originally released on older video game systems.
Nintendo 3DS XL
The Nintendo 3DS XL (LL in Japan) has 90% larger screens than the original Nintendo 3DS and additionally features longer battery life. It also comes with a 4GB SD card as opposed to the previously included 2GB card. Also, the Start, Select, and Home buttons are completely redesigned to fit the longer screen. The bigger screen minimizes the reflection in light, and has more advanced graphics including the 3D. The shape of the 3DS XL is smoother as opposed to the rigid shape of the original model. The placing of the stylus is on the right side of the 3DS XL and is no longer on the top left side, making it easier to access.
The Nintendo 2DS is a budget model of the Nintendo 3DS. This console runs the same software as the 3DS and 3DS XL, but it does not have a hinge nor can it run 3D graphics. However, it is a lot cheaper, and is aimed at young children who might break a 3DS hinge and whose eyes are not developed enough to use the 3D effect safely. The console was released in October 2013 worldwide to coincide with the launch of Pokémon X and Y.
New Nintendo 3DS
On August 29, 2014, Nintendo announced improved models of the 3DS named New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS LL (New Nintendo 3DS XL in America). This model includes greater CPU proccessing, the addition of ZL & ZR triggers and dual analog (the Circle Pad above the D-Pad and the C-stick above the A-B-X-Y buttons), the relocation of the START & SELECT buttons to the right of the Touch Screen (where they replicate the START & SELECT buttons on the original Nintendo DS), and recolored A-B-X-Y buttons, the latter reflecting the interface of the Super Famicom and PAL SNES controllers. This model has have 5 exclusive games, it was released in Japan on October 11, 2014 and Australia on November 21, 2014. North American and PAL release dates were February 12, 2015.